Geez this week has gone quickly – I can’t believe it’s Sunday again already!
I’m starting with some good news for a change. After 9 months of problems my hips finally seem to have settled down. I am now able to walk without pain and even bending and twisting in the garden every day this week hasn’t bothered them – I am one happy chick 🙂 . They are, and probably always will be, stiff and I’m resigned to never again being able to sit cross-legged or sleep in my usual comfortable position, but the nagging, shooting, stinging, aching pain has gone and for that I am truly thankful.
The other good news is that I’m still managing without any H2 anti-histamines for my GERD after I became allergic to the tablets I’ve been taking for the past 2 years. The first couple of weeks were really tough, with incredibly painful rebound acid production, but this seems to have settled down to a mild/moderate pain which I’m hoping to just be able to live with. It’s not pleasant, but it beats the anxiety of popping a pill every day and wondering if all hell is going to break loose. The biggest downside of having reflux is the godawful taste in my mouth, which makes me self-conscious that I have bad breath when I’m talking to people .
The bad news (you knew there’d be some 😉 ) is that since my drug reaction my mast cells have been super twitchy and I’m having some mild reactions every time I eat. Mild tachycardia, anxiety, sudden low mood and mild stomach cramps, plus pins & needles in my bum and persistent nausea. Luckily they only last about 10 minutes (well, apart from the nausea which I sometimes have all day) so I’m coping, but it’s not fun and I hope it all settles down again soon. I’ve found in the past that once I’ve had an anaphylactic episode my mast cells can become super alert for months, so the reactions aren’t unexpected. I’m not reacting to any food in particular, so I’m thinking the culprit is the act of digestion itself which produces histamine and being as though my histamine bucket is obviously already full the digestive histamine is causing problems.
On the plus side my butt hive outbreak has cleared up, my sleep isn’t as disrupted and my constantly runny nose has calmed down a bit, so I’m hopeful this latest flare is on the wane (famous last words!).
I have a very exciting week ahead as Wednesday is our Camera Club’s Annual Dinner and presentation night. I’m receiving a trophy for winning the Millennium Cup Competition, and also found out this week I won Beginner’s Digital Image of the Year with the same picture 🙂 . It’s the first time I’ve been out for dinner in the evening for………actually I can’t remember the last time, maybe my 40th birthday seven years ago. I just hope adrenalin keeps me going and I don’t react too badly to my meal! I’ll let you all know how it went.